Iconic Luxury Hotel Bans Wild Animal Displays
When shocking images of a muzzled, chained bear surfaced on social media at the iconic Hôtel Plaza Athénée, part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels, PETA France jumped into action.
The bear was used as a prop at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the luxury hotel. After learning from PETA France how captive bears and other wild animals in the entertainment industry are denied everything that is natural and important to them, the hotel – which was famously featured in the final season of Sex and the City – pledged to implement an immediate ban and said, “Thank you for making us more sensitive to animal suffering”.
Bears belong in nature, where they can forage for food, build nests and splash in freshwater – not chained up in a hotel lobby. We look forward to seeing more establishments follow Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s lead and adopt policies against using animals for entertainment.
If you see an animal being abused for entertainment, speak out! A letter is often all it takes to convince organisations to change their policies.
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